Note: For complete trail descriptions, times, elevation, trailhead directions, and major features, see the AMC White Mountain Guide or try our new White Mountain Guide Online.
Mount Jackson (4,052 ft.), part of the southern Presidential Range, has a square, ledgy summit that offers stunning views of the surrounding Presidentials.
Moderate: The Jackson branch of the Webster-Jackson Trail provides the most direct access to Jackson’s summit. Hikers may also consider a loop hike via the Webster Cliff Trail to the Mt. Webster summit as well.
The AMC’s Highland Center and Shapleigh Bunkhouse, located near the Crawford Path Trailhead, are open year-round, offering meals and overnight accommodations.
The AMC’s Mizpah Spring Hut is located approximately 2.7 miles along the Webster Cliff Trail to the north of the summit of Mt. Jackson, providing an overnight stop for those who wish to continue hiking in the Southern Presidential range. It is open from mid-May (self-service in May) to mid-October, offering meals and overnight accommodations.
The AMC’s Hiker Shuttle stops at the Webster Cliff Trailhead, connecting hikers with the Highland Center.
Safety in Summer and early Fall
The AMC recommends all hikers check weather conditions in advance, carry a current map and guidebook, along with a compass and knowledge of how to use it. For recommendations on how to plan a safe hike in the White Mountains, see: The 10 essentials for a safe and pleasant hike.
Note: All peaks of the Presidentials above the treeline are nearly as exposed to the elements as Mt. Washington, and should be treated with the same degree of respect and caution. Severe winter-like storms can occur at any time of the year.
Winter Hiking on Mount Jackson
Winter hiking anywhere in the White Mountains requires specialized equipment and skills, and experience in coping with weather, navigation, and winter gear. Extremely severe storms can develop suddenly and unexpectedly, especially above treeline. The combination of high wind and low temperatures has such a cooling effect that the worst conditions on Mount Jackson are approximately equal to the worst reported from Antarctica, despite the much greater cold in the latter region. Hikers interested in extending their activities into winter are strongly advised to seek out organized trips with leaders who have extensive winter experience. Several AMC chapters offer winter hiking and backpacking instruction, and AMC offers several guided winter mountaineering trips; search for "Instruction" in AMC's activity listings. Helpful information can also be found in the AMC Guide to Winter Hiking and Camping.
Mt. Jackson is not named for U.S. President Andrew Jackson, but instead for Charles Jackson, a NH state geologist of the 19th century.